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Letter to the Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

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Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the State Department to grant a Presidential permit for the revised TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department is accepting public comments on the proposed project until July 30, 2012.

TransCanada proposes to construct and operate a crude oil pipeline and related facilities from an oil supply hub near Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to the northernmost point of the existing Keystone Pipeline Cushing Extension at Steele City, Nebraska. The pipeline is anticipated to be 1,179 miles long (329 miles of that are in Canada) and has an initial capacity of 830,000 barrels per day. To connect the Canadian and U.S. portions of the pipeline project, TransCanada must first obtain a Presidential Permit from the Department of State authorizing the construction, operation, and maintenance of the pipeline and related facilities at the international border.

"By supporting domestic production and oil imports from our Canadian allies, we will strengthen both our national security and energy security," wrote Congressman Critz. "Access to affordable, stable supplies of petroleum remains one of the most vital components for a growing economy. However, the uncertainty about long-term supplies is quickly becoming a critical issue that the United States must confront. With global demand steadily rising and political instability spreading throughout oil-exporting nations, the United States must permit Keystone XL as a means to boost our energy security and ensure adequate supplies for American consumers."

Below, and also attached, is the copy of Congressman Critz's letter to Secretary Clinton:

July 27, 2012

The Honorable Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

United States Department of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20520

RE: Comment Period; Presidential permit for the revised TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Dear Secretary Clinton:

On behalf of my constituents, I am writing to urge the State Department to grant a Presidential permit for the revised TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Project. As you know, Keystone XL will be critical to improving American energy security and boosting our nation's economy.

Keystone XL has undergone one of the most thorough environmental assessments ever conducted. After concluding a three-year National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, the State Department affirmed in its Final Environmental Impact Statement in August 2011 that the project would not pose any significant impact to the environment. Included in its assessment, the agency also noted that TransCanada agreed to an additional 57 safety requirements, which will make this pipeline the safest every constructed and operated in the United States.

As the State Department seeks to reevaluate the environmental impact of the pipeline, I strongly urge the agency to examine only those new issues that are associated with the re-route through Nebraska. The full range of environmental impacts of the pipeline has been thoroughly evaluated previously, and no reason exists to expand the scope of the next NEPA review to include other issues not associated with the Nebraska re-route. Unnecessarily broadening the scope of this review beyond the Nebraska re-route will only further delay this important project.

As you well know, the Keystone XL project will drive economic growth in the United States. The pipeline is expected to create nearly 20,000 American manufacturing and construction jobs as well as provide billions of dollars in property tax revenue to Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Furthermore, American consumers will benefit from a greater supply of stable, affordable energy.

By supporting domestic production and oil imports from our Canadian allies, we will strengthen both our national security and energy security. Access to affordable, stable supplies of petroleum remains one of the most vital components for a growing economy. However, the uncertainty about long-term supplies is quickly becoming a critical issue that the United States must confront. With global demand steadily rising and political instability spreading throughout oil-exporting nations, the United States must permit Keystone XL as a means to boost our energy security and ensure adequate supplies for American consumers.

In closing, I believe that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is in the best interest of all Americans. I respectfully request that the Department of State expeditiously review the new route through Nebraska, utilize the existing environmental analysis from the project's Final EIS in its NEPA review, and ultimately grant TransCanada the Presidential permit necessary to begin building the pipeline.

Sincerely,

Mark S. Critz


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